Spirited Spots in the Show-Me State

November 4, 2019

Whether you believe in ghosts or not, you have to admit Missouri's haunted tours are a pretty cool experience nonetheless. Are you brave enough to give one a try?

Haunted Castle House, Brumley         

In the backyard of the Castle House sits a pioneer graveyard and mass grave, and there are multiple accounts throughout history of deaths on and near the property and home. Come learn about the intriguing and somewhat dark history of the Castle House. Due to limited availability, paranormal tours and investigations are by reservation only. There are also special events being held this fall (see website for specific dates). 

Glore Psychiatric Museum, St. Joseph

Housed on grounds adjoining the former St. Joseph State Hospital, Glore Psychiatric Museum shares the history of what once was known as "State Lunatic Asylum No. 2," which opened in St. Joseph in 1874. Museum exhibits includes medical equipment and tools used during the asylum's 145-year history, photographs, and artwork and stories from patients. The museum is located in the St. Joseph Museum complex, so after your visit, wander over to the Black Archives Museum, Doll Museum, and Native American and History Galleries. Visit all four museums for one admission price.

Pythian Castle, Springfield

Whether you are interested in ghost tours or ghost investigations, this is the place to get your paranormal fix. Hear ghostly tales and history about the former orphanage built by the Knights of Pythias. Ghost tours are offered Tuesdays and Fridays (and some Saturdays) at 8 p.m. throughout the year, and during the month of October, special seasonal tours are held on weekends. Reserve your spot and order your tickets online.

The Elms Hotel & Spa, Excelsior Springs

The Elms Hotel & Spa is said to be haunted by several spirits. The hotel was subject to not one, but two fires in its history, the first in 1898 and the second in 1910. Thankfully, there were no fatalities, but rumor has it that a spirit was involved in one of the fires. Guests have reported paranormal activity in the lap pool area of the hotel, which was once a popular hangout during the Prohibition era for gangsters such as Al Capone. Housekeeping staff have also reported seeing a ghost wearing a 1920s-style uniform. If you think you are up to it, book the Paranormal Tour Package, which includes two tickets to the nightly paranormal tour and luxury accommodations for two. 

Lemp Mansion, St. Louis

Do you have what it takes to stay an entire night in a haunted mansion? Lemp Mansion was host to many family tragedies throughout the years, starting with the death of William Lemp's favorite son, Frederick, in 1901. Three years later William, still grieving the loss of his son, took his own life in the mansion. For years afterward, tragedy continued to follow the family. If you prefer not to spend the night in one of the guest rooms, you can take the original Haunted History Tour, which is offered most Monday evenings year-round at 7 p.m. The Lemp Experience: The New Generation of Ghost Hunting – which includes drinks, appetizers and the use of an infrared camera to record your journey – is offered every other Thursday from December to August with additional days in September, October and November. 

St. Charles Ghost Tours, Saint Charles

Main Street in Saint Charles is said to have its fair share of paranormal experiences. It has even been featured in Ghost Hunterson the SyFy Channel. The tour takes visitors to various locations on Main Street that have reported ghostly activity, including unexplained noises, sights and smells. Reservations are required for these tours, as they fill up very quickly. If you can't make it to Saint Charles around Halloween, you're in luck because tours run nightly at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (and, if there's enough demand, sometimes midnight), year round. 

Haunted Hannibal Ghost Tours, Hannibal

This guided, driving tour takes you around Hannibal to notoriously haunted sites. Hear stories from tour guides about ghosts on Millionaires' Row and explore the Old Baptist Cemetery for signs of paranormal activity. Reservations are not required but highly recommended and tickets can be purchased at the Hannibal History Museum. Tours run nightly at 7 p.m. If you are still yearning for more stories about the ghosts of Hannibal, order a copy of "Haunted Hannibal: History and Mystery in America's Hometown" by Ken and Lisa Marks. 

Written by Jadrien Bopp

Free Travel Guide

Order your 2019 Official Missouri Travel Guide and start planning your #MissouriAdventure today.

Order Now